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Isuzu trucks are prov­ing their worth in help­ing im­prove mu­nic­i­pal ser­vice de­liv­ery

Business Day - Motor News - - COMMERCIAL NEWS ISUZU TRUCKS - MO­TOR NEWS RE­PORTER

SER­VICE de­liv­ery is a term on ev­ery­one’s mind in mod­ern so­ci­ety and ef­fec­tive mu­nic­i­pal ser­vice de­liv­ery re­quires road trans­port to match the tasks ur­ban­i­sa­tion is cre­at­ing. This is where Isuzu trucks are show­ing their ver­sa­til­ity and worth in large and small mu­nic­i­pal fleets.

Ser­vice de­liv­ery not only re­quires ef­fi­cient wheels but in many cases is con­ducted by a mu­nic­i­pal crew that must be trans­ported with the truck. Reg­u­la­tion 247 is a leg­is­lated risk for those en­gaged in con­struc­tion and ser­vice in­dus­tries where staff are con­veyed on trucks.

There is no re­stric­tion on the num­ber of peo­ple that may be car­ried on the back of a goods ve­hi­cle, but it must be empty of tools or goods — with the ex­cep­tion of per­sonal ef­fects — un­less they are sep­a­rated by a par­ti­tion. While the num­ber of peo­ple is un­re­stricted, a truck’s gross ve­hi­cle mass (GVM) may still not be ex­ceeded. But, the “peo­ple fac­tor” is an es­sen­tial part of GVM makeup. The an­swer to this is pro­vided through Isuzu truck crew-cabs.

The com­pany has es­tab­lished a lead­er­ship role in of­fer­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties stan­dard crew-cab mod­els for both medium and heavy duty 4x2 trucks. It can sup­ply three mod­els with stepped GVMs at 5,200kg, 7,500kg and 13,500kg re­spec­tively. The N-Se­ries crew­cab mod­els NMR 250 and NPR 400 can seat ei­ther six or seven peo­ple in­clud­ing the driver. The new heavy-duty F-Se­ries range in­cludes one crew-cab model in the form of the FSR 750, a 13,500kg GVM (around 6,500kg pay­load) truck of­fer­ing ful­ly­ho­molo­gated seat­ing for seven — a driver and six pas­sen­gers.

An ad­di­tional ben­e­fit is that the NPR 400 crew cab model has a sig­nif­i­cant fea­ture not found on any medium-class truck pro­vid­ing a tech­ni­cal ad­van­tage — an au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion des­ig­nated as “Smoother AMT”. Au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion is a suc­cess for Isuzu trucks wher­ever it has been in­tro­duced into South African mu­nic­i­pal op­er­a­tions. It con­verts a stan­dard trans­mis­sion into an au­to­mated shift gear­box for im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency.

Isuzu was the first truck man­u­fac­turer to take a step for­ward by in­tro­duc­ing the AMT con­cept in its N-Se­ries medium truck range in 2010. The con­cept has been so well re­ceived in mu­nic­i­pal op­er­a­tions that it has now ex­tended its heavy F-Se­ries truck range with an ad­di­tional four AMT mod­els rang­ing from 11,000kg GVM up to 15,000kg GVM with a pay­load from about 5 to 8 tons, de­pend­ing on the type of cargo body fit­ted. AMT is a stan­dard fea­ture on the 7-per­son crew-cab model FSR 750.

What makes an au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion so suit­able for mu­nic­i­pal work? Es­sen­tially, Isuzu says it makes a good driver out of a poor or medi­ocre driver and fuel con­sump­tion will ben­e­fit from im­proved driv­ing style. It en­sures the cor­rect gear ra­tio for take-off and gra­di­ent, so clutch abuse is elim­i­nated. Smooth, seam­less AMT gearchang­ing has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the whole driv­e­line.

Road safety is not ne­go­tiable in a mu­nic­i­pal truck fleet. In to­day’s ever-in­creas­ing traf­fic con­di­tions, a truck driver is con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the sur­round­ing rapid changes on the road. AMT pro­vides a truck driver with more scope to con­cen­trate on the sit­u­a­tion at hand with­out the dis­trac­tion of se­lect­ing the cor­rect gear.

When it comes to pay­load and ap­pli­ca­tion, it is not pos­si­ble to find a univer­sal an­swer in one model truck with one GVM. A truck range must of­fer a wide choice for pay­load ef­fi­ciency and the cost of cap­i­tal in­vest­ment.

Isuzu Trucks all come with a 2-year un­lim­ited dis­tance or 2year war­ranty for mod­els from 3,5 ton GVM and more.

An Isuzu NSeries refuse re­moval ve­hi­cle.

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